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MotoGP: Márquez 'officially' world champion for second year running
12 October 2014 @ 21:27

SPAIN'S Marc Márquez is world champion again – for the second year running and in his second MotoGP season.

As well as being the youngest-ever rider, at 21, to clinch two consecutive top titles, the Repsol Honda rider from Cervera, Lleida province is also the youngest to win the world championship in both of his first two years at premier class level.

The Catalunya-born rider knew he was comfortably in the lead in the standings after winning all bar two races this season, so opted to take it steadily at the Motegi circuit today (Sunday).

He finished second, with his compatriot Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) winning by a 1.638-second margin.

Even though the 2014 season has three races to go, whatever results Márquez gets, they will not affect his world title now he is on 312 points, 82 points ahead of Italy's Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and his team-mate and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who are in joint se3cond.

Lorenzo is fourth in the standings on 227 points, just three behind the two in joint second, meaning the next few races will see a very close battle for the reserve champion title.


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